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Finally...Beretta 686 20ga Sporting

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Milkmaster, Jul 26, 2020.

  1. Milkmaster

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    After doing some buying, trading, selling, saving my pennies, and in general having this goal in mind, I bought myself the final piece to my keep forever shotgun collection yesterday. I already have the 686 in 12ga and 28ga. The third piece of my desires was to have the 20ga sporting version. I found it yesterday! It's nice to have the option of three gauges and still have the same sight picture with each one. Variety is the spice of life!
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  2. Riomouse911

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    Man, Beretta makes some beautiful O/U shotguns! Congrats on completing your Italian trifecta, that final piece of the puzzle is really a sweet shotgun :thumbup:.

    Stay safe.
     
  3. Kingcreek

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    That one is on my wish list also along with a 390 sporting in 20g
     
  4. Armorer 101

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    The old saying is, with O/U guns, you either fit the Beretta or the Browning. Congrats on finding your Beretta to finish your 3 gun trifecta. I happen to fit the Citori so understand getting the 3 sub gauge guns, completely.
     
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  5. George P

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    What?!?!? You're finished? What about the 410?:neener::thumbup::D
     
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  6. George P

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    What I see more and more sporting folks doing is getting a carrier barrel made for their 12 gauge gun so that it, along with the subgauge tubes in it, weigh the same as the 12 gauge set. This gives you not only the same fit and sight line but the same weight, balance and MOI.
     
  7. clang

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    Congrats. You might as well sell the 28 ga 686. You will find the 20 ga about the same weight and ammo selection is more diverse and less expensive.
     
  8. George P

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    But the 28 is SO much more fun and Win AAs are the best for sporting clays with their 7.5 and 8.5 loads. And those empties can be sold for 12-15 cents each if need be.
     
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  9. Milkmaster

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    A while back I got a Tri-star .410. It provides the fun and probably will last for the amount of .410 I shoot. That isn't to say I wouldn't buy the 686 if I came upon a deal. But I haven't broken in the Tri-Star yet. IMG_3800.JPG
     
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  10. Milkmaster

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    I bought the Tri-Star on an impulse when it was offered at a discount. What I really went to find was one of the two Henry lever .410 offerings. Luckily I didn't find the Henry in stock, & I just didn't really want to turn loose of the grand for that when you add taxes. The Tri-Star was less than $600 out the door and will shoot the 3" ammo. I put 48 shots through the Tri-Star without a hiccup when I got home using parts of several boxes of leftover .410 ammo. I do want to try it out for a round of trap. I suspect you better be on the birds quick and accurately to have some success. But then that's what it is about right? :)
     
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  11. George P

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    Absolutely; and if it fits, it should OK at 16 yards or on the skeet field. My best trap round (and I am NOT a trap shooter) was 24/25 with my 28 gauge 1100 and a skeet choke - was just one of those days when it all came together
     
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    That is what my Beretta 682 has, carrier barrel just for the tubes from Kolar. Only way I know a difference in gauge is when the it goes boom. Many years ago before tubes were so common I handed it to a guy to try once, with .410 tubes in, had it already loaded for him. He was expecting a 12 gauge, so swung it normally and crunched the bird with a "oh cr*p" expression on his face when it only went 'pop' with no recoil, thought he had a misfire. Wasn't too long before he had a set of tubes for his gun, he liked them so much. Unfortunately, carrier barrels are usually not cheap.
     
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  13. George P

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    No, but a set of tubes and a carrier barrel might only be the equal of one gun instead pf buying 3 more
     
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  14. Milkmaster

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    George,
    Got to acquire an extended choke for the .410. You have any feelings about Carlson vs Briley chokes? I have been using Briley extended chokes on several of my shotguns for years, but the Carlsons are surely cheaper. Any thoughts?
     
  15. George P

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    For the less expensive chokes, I like Trulock. George makes an excellent product and true to constriction. I also like Briley - they are the 800# gorilla in the choke tube world.
     
  16. cfullgraf

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    When I was shooting skeet competitively, I'd practice with the .410 tubes installed in the gun once in a while. It would show up problems that I may be having with the larger gauges. But, if I was not careful, I'd pick up some bad habits when shooting .410.

    My skeet gun was tubed before carrier barrels were the rage so the gun is a bit lighter in 12 gauge configuration than with the tubes installed. My 20 ga. averages were better than my 12 ga averages so I began shooting 20 ga. in the 12 ga. events.

    If you find a .410 Beretta 686 at a good price point and are willing to pry your wallet open, go for it. I enjoy shooting over/unders at clay games more than other types of shotguns. But, that my personal opinion.
     
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    Congratulations on an excellent multi-gauge set!
     
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  18. eastbank

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    my two clay games shotguns, both brownings o/u,s, 12 ga sporting clays and a 20 ga xs skeet. i have others, but these two get the most use.
     

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  19. Bill M.

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    Very good purchase. Looking ahead I think I am going to need one of those to replace my 12 gauge Silver Pigeon.
     
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  20. Carpman62

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    You did good Milkmaster!

    I love my Beretta 686's in all gauges, and my little TriStar Viper 410 like yours is a rabbits worse nightmare!
     
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